Hello Planning Mashers!
You need to keep track of your period, and in this post, you’ll learn why and how to do it.
Spoiler alert – of course, it’s with the help of a Bullet Journal period tracker.
A period is this thing that happens to all the girls, but we all feel uncomfortable talking about it.
But it is an essential part of female physiology and not the most pleasant one.
Well, there are little things you can do to make this entire process a bit more manageable, and in this blog, we’ll be talking about my favorite and most impactful tool – period tracker.
There are inspirations for a period tracker, as well as a free printable, so be sure to keep scrolling.
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Why Use A Period Tracker
I never tracked mine; kind of always just went with the flow.
And it’s been the worst. The pain, the horrible mood swings, and of course, out of nowhere bleedings. All of that and more without any schedule.
Until one day, I started actually tracking my period, and boy, oh boy, was it a game changer!
Here are some benefits you can get from tracking your period:
One of the most annoying things about the period is the fact that they come at any time. If you track yours, you’ll start seeing patterns, and it will be an unpleasant surprise out of nowhere. You will know when it’s coming and be prepared.
- Good for your health
Knowing your cycle will help you see better if there are some abnormalities, and maybe you should schedule a visit to a gynecologist.
- Smoother period
If you know more or less when to expect your period, you can prepare yourself better. So instead of overworking and stressing that the even is ruined because you can’t wear your white dress anymore, you’ll be able to plan things around your period and make it a less stressful time for yourself.
- Help with your mental health
A period is no joke; it affects our mental state a lot. I don’t know about you, but I usually get more irritable and much more sensitive. My mental health is out of the window!
Tracking my period helps me see the trends and connections and calm myself before my brain spirals out of control.
It might be a good idea to have a mood tracker next to your period tracker so you could see some correlations and patterns better.
How To Track Period And What To Include
There are many ways you can track your period.
It might be convenient to use an app on your phone, such as “Period Tracker” or maybe a Health app on your iPhone.
But if you’re a paper freak like me, you’ll probably want to use your Bullet Journal. This is pretty easy – just create a period tracker, pretty much the same way you’d make a habit tracker in your journal.
Only with your period, there are some more things you might consider including for a more comprehensive look at your menstrual cycle.
Here are just a few ideas:
- Flow. It might be helpful to monitor how heavy your flow is. It definitely helps me to plan my social life in those days.
- Symptoms. Some weird things are happening to our body during menstruation, so it might be a good idea to track symptoms and start understanding how your body works better.
- Use of birth control. This is such an important thing to keep track of! Especially if you’re like me and always forget to take yours.
- Ovulation time. This is a powerful time for your body, so it might be a good idea to keep track of those.
- Temperature. If you’re planning to get pregnant, you might want to add temperature to the list of things to track since it’s a pretty important factor that can help with conception.
Tip For Creating A Period Tracker
Just like with everything, try not to overcomplicate things, especially if it’s your first time tracking.
Take it easy and get used to tracking your menstrual circle, and then move on to add more things.
That being said, I do have a few tips you might want to consider:
- Create a yearly period tracker
You have menstruation every month, and it might help you understand it better if you have a yearly tracker and can see how your cycle changes (or stays the same) every month.
- Use a mood tracker next to it.
Your period affects your moods, so it might be helpful to create a mood tracker right next to it so you can see the patterns and be more aware of how you can manage your moods.
- Create a self-care page
There are many ideas for self-care pages, but here I want you to create a list of activities that will bring you joy and happiness. When your period hits, you won’t have the energy to think about these things. So just have a list you can reference every time your ovaries bring you down.
- Record your sexual activity
Even if you’re not trying to have kids, it might be helpful to have a view of your sexual activity and see how it influences everything in your body.
How To Keep Your Period Tracker Private
Do you want to track your menstrual cycle in your Bullet Journal but don’t want it to be too obvious?
No problem, you can use a few tricks to make it a bit hidden from prying eyes.
- Dutch Door
Hide your private information behind a dutch door. Cutting into your journal might sound scary, but it’s not as bad as it sounds, and it’s pretty fun. Plus, it’s a wonderful chance to get more creative.
- Envelop or a pocket
Create your tracker on a separate piece of paper (maybe from a notepad) and hide it in a special pocket or an envelope in your Bullet Journal.
- Change the name
There are many other creative ways you can call your period tracker. Choose something that would mean period tracker to you, but wouldn’t be that obvious to others.
- Use different colors
Stay away from traditional reds and pinks of a period tracker, and that might be enough to hide it.
Free Printable Period Tracker
Before we dive into tracker ideas from other creators, I thought I should share with you that I created one you can get for FREE in the Resources Vault.
You can get this tracker and tons of other printables, stickers, and helpful materials there.
If you don’t have your access yet, be sure to sign up at the end of the post.
Period Tracker Bullet Journal Inspirations
Time to see what other creators came up with!
I’m impressed at how fun and creative these are, and I hope some will inspire you as well as they did me.
Such a beautiful and gentle period tracker, I love the extra space for appointments to be sure you take care of your health.
I also love the quote at the bottom, very meaningful and makes you think, wouldn’t you agree?
Decorating your journal pages with doodles is my favorite thing ever, so of course, I loved this tracker.
I also think it was a good idea to keep the tracker vertical so to fill it out you wouldn’t need to turn the journal.
It’s incredible how detailed this tracker is and how much information is included here.
This is probably the best format for the period tracker if you’re planning to get pregnant.
Your period tracker doesn’t have to be anything too complicated, a simple tracker like this one would work just as well.
I want to give extra love to this one since the artist used my favorite Zebra Mildliner colors.
What a creative period tracker! The red dress is absolutely stunning.
I also think it’s fun that she has a quote here and the woman herself looks like it caught her off guard.
Somebody isn’t having a nice time with their period!
But also this is a super funny quote, don’t you think?
Having your period tracker next to your mood tracker is a fun and useful idea, and here are the two yearly trackers.
The only thing I think would be useful is to have a key for the period tracker as well so you could monitor different flow types.
Another great and pretty useful mix of pages.
I already mentioned how it’s a good idea to have a little cheat sheet with self-care activities to manage your period, and here is this idea in action.
I had to include this one because of how absolutely hilarious this illustration is! I can only guess what this quote means, but if you speak german – let me know in the comments!
I also feel like it’s a cool idea to fill out numbers in different colors as you go. definitely makes it easier to set up initially and helps to develop a habit of always checking back on the tracker.
Being a huge fan of Elizabeth and her aesthetics I had to include her spread in this lineup as well.
It’s wonderful how just one little accent, like gold here, for example, makes the page look absolutely stunning.
Another yearly period tracker. It seems like I’m not the only one who thought that out of all trackers this is the one best done yearly.
I also like that she also added here a way to track PMS symptoms.
I absolutely love this one and how humorous this idea is.
I’ve never heard period being referenced to this way, but I think it’s really a great fit.
I’m speechless, this period tracker is a work of art!
It’s also a pretty clever idea to connect period with vampires, even though I don’t really want to spend too much time thinking about it.
I love the different combinations of pages people add to their period tracker.
Moon phases sound like a really good idea since the moon does affect us in so many ways.
This page really makes me love the minimalist and the “less is more” mentality. It looks so pretty and neat.
I know I totally couldn’t do that, I always need to add ALL the color and ALL the doodles.
Such a beautiful and gentle tracker and I love the colors as well.
It’s a great idea to add a workout tracker next to your period tracker, since usually when it’s a shark week you have less energy to hit the gym and more energy to chug that ice cream.
Speaking of shark week, how about this tracker! Again I love that you can also track here symptoms of your PMS.
Also, this shark looks so happy, definitely brings a spark of positivity to that time of the month.
I think this is a pretty witty approach to tracking y9our menstrual cycle.
Notice she also added a special note for being intimate, clever!
This list wouldn’t be complete if there was no floral-themed tracker included.
Flowers are always a great choice, but I feel like they are especially good for a girly page like a period tracker.
And if you want to learn how to draw these check my post How To Draw Beautiful Flowers In Your Bullet Journal.
Another adorable and super girly period tracker.
I love the flowers and the use of kraft paper. Kraft paper is totally my weak spot.
And we’re finishing up our lineup with this amazing and very neat period tracker.
Personally, I just adore the little comic here, so relatable!
Have you ever used a tracker for your menstruation cycle? Let us know in the comments.
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